Attitude of gratitude- 3 things you are thankful for....

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  1. Tired Teacher

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    A very close family member died a year ago. I guess in a way to honor her memory, I'll put this here and see if anyone else does this. She is the 1 who taught me to be thankful for things that maybe small to some. We would take turns when 1 of us was going through something and say : attitude of gratitude which meant that whomever called it got to go 1st. :) It was an advantage to go first because you were not allowed to repeat. Also, instead of 3, we did 10. :) Here are a few of mine:
    1. I am thankful for God, family and friends who help me through this life.
    2. I am thankful for decent health.
    3. I am thankful to have an income/ lifestyle that allows me to pretty much never say no to something/someone important to me.
    4. This 1 may sound like nothing to some, but I am thankful to climb into a warm bed every night. It is the best physical feeling to be warm.
    5. I am thankful to the person who told me what "squirrel" meant after yrs of my kids and a friend jokingly saying it to me. :) It is true about me too, and it is funny to me. Which is leading me to a second question....:) Something I have thought about a lot lately for some reason. It is about "personal physical comfort". What things do you buy with personal comfort in mind?
    In my life, I seldom thought about personal comfort until recently. ( Other than when sitting in the back of an airplane for many hours on end. Then it was more about discomfort.) I kind of got spoiled because I'd get upgrades w/miles almost every yr. I never bought a car/ truck thinking about personal comfort. It never dawned on me to buy a rig that was comfortable as opposed to practical. You need 4/ all wheel drive here. I have a friend who would never buy a rig that was not super comfy.
    My car was in the shop last wk and I have another car available to me when needed. I got into it and smacked my head on it because of the way I kind of bounce inside. I did the same thing on the way out of it the 1st time pretty hard. Then I spent a week of caution when getting in and out. I am actually not super tall either 5'4''. It is a Honda and after getting my own rig back, I am truly thankful that it was made for someone taller, and I don't have to worry about hitting my head! :)
    Until recently, I had never seen a need to buy new blankets for the last 18 yrs. It has nothing to do with $, but more about I didn't need anymore. So I got some new ones and can't believe how soft new blankets are! The feeling of them on your skin at night is so amazing to me. I'm super nonmaterialistic, but I am thinking of going out and getting a new bed that is super comfy and 1 of those Lazy Boy chairs. Any other suggestions for comfort that don't take up a lot of space?
     
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    Great pillows, nice towels, and quality sheets are really nice!
    I also replace socks fairly often to keep my feet happy.
     
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    I always get real nice fuzzy socks for Christmas! I love them! :) But, I forget to wear them after a few wks. They are usually really brightly colored. I am going to go get them and wear them this wk! :) Good idea! Believe it or not, I only have 1 pillow. People think that is crazy who know me, but I could definitely look for a new one. It is so hard to find pillows that are not too fat or flat though and that is why I have not gotten a new 1 recently.. Oh, new sheets may be in order too. With a really high thread count. I love the feeling of fresh sheets with a high thread count!
     
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    Here are three of mine:
    1. Dear friends who were by my side and have helped me through the adjustment of my marriage breakup after almost 30 years.
    2. My daughter, who lives with me, who has taken on the responsibility of doing almost all of the outside work so that I don't have to do it (even though I can).
    3. My job. Although stressful at times, I love what I do, and am grateful that it provides me with the financial stability that I need.
     
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    This is 1 I have thought about a lot this yr. I have had my share of stressful yrs, but this yr, it is not.
    I used to tell myself ,"You get to go to work," to train my mind from thinking, "I don't want to go!" It is odd how quickly people forget the job they wanted so badly a few yrs ago is now the 1 they complain about.
    I have a good friend who tried to get into this district for many yrs. We would go through stressful interviews and waits with her many times, hoping she'd get it.
    She finally got a full time teaching job here, and now she finds so much fault with what she wanted so badly before. It is hard to hear because I remember how much hope we had for her and she is not happy with her pay, kids, admin, or about anything. I am thinking the stress of it has taken its toll on her. She has a really bad class this yr. Hopefully, she'll get past this.
     
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    1. Freedom of religion
    2. Freedom of speech
    3. Family
    4. Being in a job where it is possible to make a difference.
     
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    This is a great thread. I really could use this right now.

    1. I'm grateful for my returning health. I'm no longer on bedrest, although I'm still homebound. The med therapies are starting to work, and later this week, I'm starting physical therapy. It's the start of my recovery!

    2. I'm grateful for good people in the world. Since my Dad died, and I moved, I really was alone in the world. But even with being homebound, I've managed to meet a few good people. Things like the neighbor who noticed I had boxes piling up on my doorstep and who came over to see if I needed some help with them -- and ended up helping me with everything else I needed! Or the day my a/c went out (which is a huge problem in Florida, especially when you are homebound.) It was in the evening, and I had no idea what to do. In desperation, I put a post on my new neighborhood's facebook page asking for the names of some repair people, and within 20 minutes, six neighbors were on my doorstep (including one who was a professional HVAC repairman) and they had it up and running again with in a half an hour! Another lady, came by to see if she could walk my dogs for me since I can't get around much.

    3. The people on this site, you have been so supportive as I've dealt with my medical issues. I know you are all just "strangers" on the internet, but you've been really good friends to me, and I am very grateful!
     
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    1. I am thankful for my daughter's very good health. I would like to say in spite of her condition, but as of right now she's about as healthy as anyone else.

    2. I, too, am thankful for my job. I look back to the dark place I was a couple of years ago with my last school, and I am all the more thankful for the great team I have.

    3. My commute. Most of my commute is on the freeway, but then I exit onto this rural-ish/small town road with all its little farms and let me tell you, the fall colors does that road good.
     
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    Rain, I am so thankful you are beginning your recovery too. You have had a tough year after having been through all w/ your dad. I am also always so happy when you meet new friends there. I feel the heartwarming feeling of the people who have physically been there for you too. I love being reminded of the kindness of strangers! A part of me felt so guilty because when I 1st read your post, I wanted to tell you not to move to Florida or quit your job.. I wanted to tell you to take some time before making major life changes. At the same time, I did not want to rain on your parade. Then everything seemed to come together so quickly, I figured it was meant to be. I am still thinking it was for a reason. Even after the bad school and your health. Sometimes things happen for a reason, ya know? Sometimes we see the reasons, years down the road. Somethings, IDK if we ever really know why. But, all of it helps us grow as humans. I am really hoping this change in environment will be good for you. <3
     
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    Oh, man! This makes me want to make my next vacation at this time, somewhere in the Midwest. I remember those colors and their beauty vividly. I grew up surrounded by those colors.
    I spent years of my life after that with palm trees. Now all I see are spruce and birch trees. I have never taken a vacation this time of yr. I have thought of what Autumn is like many times, but have not experienced it since I was young. We don't have 4 seasons here. ( Other than winter, really cold winter, I can't believe I moved here freezing winter, and then a short, but very beautiful summer.) :)
     
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    Come to Ohio now! It is gorgeous!!
     
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    1. I am thankful that my son is healthy, employed as a teacher, and happy at his job. Our family is small, and I love that we are close, despite the miles.
    2. I am grateful for the friends that are here on this forum. It feels like a family, and I love that.
    3. Although my sister and I are 1200 miles apart, we communicate so frequently that it is like she is just down the street. She is so sweet and good, the glue that holds that side of the family together. She is just slightly younger than me, and I pray that "when I grow up" I will be as good as my sister. I love her very much.
     
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    I'm always eternally grateful for my husband and children and that they're (mostly) happy and healthy — even if I am mad as fire with two of them currently.
    This probably sounds weird but I'm always grateful for my mother-in-law and father-in-law. Both of them have always been amazing to me and I have a great relationship with both of them.
    Grateful for our employment we don't live a life of luxury but we've got a roof over our heads, food in our belies, and the bills are usually paid.

    And yes, I'm so mad at our kids right now. One of them is in danger of failing his SCIENCE class. Why? Because he hasn't turned in any homework for the class since the end of September. The other one snuck out and went to a Halloween party last night and got drunk. He just don't know he's got a 7am wake up call. And it's not even that he went to the party. It's that he lied about it and snuck out.
     
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    May I ask where you live?

    A lot of Utah is desert, which is certainly gorgeous, but I'm in the northern portion of the state where we have some very nice woodland/mountainscape going on.
     
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    Missy, This is so strange. Ohio is where I grew up and the place I was thinking about going back to in Autumn! :) It is such a long flight from here because of layovers between flights. I haven't been back there in 10 yrs probably and never at this time of yr. I am thinking about getting a flight to Seattle and spending the night there to make it easier. I am going to be done with working anytime after this yr or maybe next depending....and can't wait! :)
     
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    Same here. I am thankful for my kids too. I am really thankful they are grown and doing good in life and are cool people. I do remember teen years though, I understand and will never forget how rough those years were.
    I was what would seem to be very strict nowadays because I did not want my kids to get in trouble. ( I had found my share of trouble as a teen and did not want them to go through a lot of what I did.) I may have been overly restrictive, but I did not let them go places that were not supervised by adults I trusted. So my son did not taste beer until he was in college. The kind of funny part is he is way older now and I just saw a FB post w/ him holding a beer. Of course, I jokingly commented on it and he's probably thinking now: " Why did I ever accept her FR?" lol
     
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    Alaska....I may move to Hawaii at some point though. It is actually a quick easy and inexpensive flight from here to there. The COL is high there though. I'd like to keep this place too so I could spend summers here. Alaska in the summer is the best! :) Hawaii is much nicer in the winter. I may go this Christmas w/ grown kids. I need some vitamin D. I get big doses there. They last for 2 weeks, and I show up as Vitamin D deficient all over again.
     
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    My parents were super strict about EVERYTHING. And I know what I and my siblings did to get around it.
     
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    I double posted and can't figure out how to delete! Sorry!
     
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    My son did not get away with a lot until he was into about his 3rd yr of college....When he was in his 30's, he delighted in shocking me w/ things I'd never known, but nothing was really bad. Mostly pranks...
    My parents were more the type to trust you to do what was right and we had way too much freedom.....We were on our own too much, too young, and I ended up in a lot of trouble...They never realized it wasn't wise to leave young teens alone for weeks.
    They were nice people. Just went through some hard times and worked a lot.. .
    I made sure I knew where the kids were and usually our house was where other kids hung out.
    The reason he stayed out of trouble his 1st 2 yrs of college was he was religious. The 3rd yr, not so much! He's in his 40''s now and I am pretty sure he's never even smoked pot. He's had the same type of job for about 15 yrs and they get tested for drugs randomly. If he'd smoked it, I'm sure he'd have told me when he went through the "shock me" phase.....lol
    I think I overcompensated w/ the stay out of trouble fear by doing the opposite of my parents. I am sure there is a happier medium.
     
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    I know I've already gone, but I have 3 more things to be grateful for:

    1. As of Friday, I am no longer "officially" homebound! Today, I actually found a movie theater in the next city over (there aren't any here) and saw a movie! It felt so wonderful to be doing "normal" things again.

    2. I start an intensive round of physical therapy on Monday -- 3 times a week for a couple of months In mid January, after all the PT and all the med treatments I've been on, I'll be evaluated by a specialist to see whether or not I have to have surgery. Things are looking brighter now than they have a long while! I'm still hoping to avoid surgery.

    3. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in September. Since then, I've given up soda (and I was a huge soda addict!) and deep fried foods, while cutting my carbs,and increasing green veggies. As of today, I've dropped 14 pounds, which isn't bad when you consider I've had ZERO exercise or activity for the past 2 months. Many of the symptoms are fading away (blurry vision, itchy skin, faintness, etc.) We can't re-test my A1C level again until the beginning of December, but I'm hopeful I'm getting this under control. The signs look good.
     
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    1. Wooohoo! Freedom! I am glad you enjoyed the movie. :) You are close to a beach, right? :) I am living through you....haha wanting you to go. I am 5 minutes away from a beach, but it is freezing cold out there. 2. Avoiding surgery is awesome! I am so glad things are looking brighter! 3. Wow! 14 pounds dropped. I need to do the same. I am glad the symptoms are fading for you too. I am betting you have it under control with the way you have changed your eating and decrease of symptoms! Already good things are happening. I was so worried when you described the Florida job because I could picture it. I have a few frs who have been faced w/ that crap at schools. But maybe the job was not the reason for your move. Maybe getting your health in check was what you needed. <3
     
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    It's funny you say this. I thought I was the only one. I never thought it odd until I was much older, that my folks went on a 10-day trip to Hawaii and left my 13-year old brother and me (age 10) home by ourselves. They didn't even call once while they were there to see how we were doing. (Of course, long distance was very expensive back then, but still...)

    When I was in 9th and 10th grade, my folks would go on trips (my brother was out of the house by then, and it was just me) and they would actually tell me to invite a friend or two to stay over with me, so I wouldn't be lonely. Can you imagine?

    They are so lucky I was basically a good kid.

    When I think back on it now, I shudder. If a 4th grade child today told me they'd been left home alone for 10 days while their parents where in Hawaii, I'd have to call CPS, and it would be a major issue! Times sure have changed.
     
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    I'm convinced that job was just God's way of getting me here. I never would have moved without a job.

    I know God didn't bring me to Florida to abandon me here! It's a journey, and that awful job was just one step of thousands. Even now, I hardly remember it.

    So I'll take this year off, and focus on getting better, and making a new home for myself -- and in the late Spring, I'll re-evaluate for next school year.
     
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    My parents were so strict they measured how much time we spent in the shower (too long and we were up to no good), they knew exactly how long it took us to get from practices after school to home would give an extra five minutes to allow for traffic, we weren't allowed to receive mail that wasn't first inspected by them, we were required to practice instruments at least 1hr everyday outside of practice, if we saw it friends outside of school we weren't allowed to go say hi (they had to come to us and start the conversation). And so much more, that's really what I could do think of off the top of my head.
     
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    I know....I think back then we were just expected to grow up faster. I ended up w/ a full time very well paying job ( AK boom town at the time) by 15 and my own apt. I ended up growing up too fast though. I screwed up a lot. ( Bad choices....IDK...) I quit school at 15 too and just took a GED. Got married and had kids too young too....But, it all worked out eventually. I didn't want my kids to do that.
     
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    OMGoodness! Your parents were very strict! I was strict in the sense of I had to approve of where they were and not too many places were approved. Mine never had cars until college.
    They had friends over a lot though. I wonder what in your parents background that had them set those rules. I know with mine. They were both pretty much expected to be grown by a young age due to deaths and family situations. I didn't do well w/ that much freedom.
     
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    Rain, Yep! That makes total sense. It is good to forget that job! It was just a way to get you to a place where you could get your health under control and part of the journey. I am glad you are able to make a new home for yourself and focus on getting better.
     
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    From the Midwest, so not sure what part this plays in the differences, but I can't recognize any of the restrictions that were placed on you growing up. Not saying either of our parents were right or wrong, but boy, what a difference! My parents were so much more laid back, by comparison, and at the time, I thought my folks were fairly strict. Aces, did you feel they were really strict, or was that the norm? Just curious.
     
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    Compared to everyone else, they were extremely strict. Probably to the point that would be considered abusive today. Like one time I dropped my mouth piece to my trumpet on the stands at school and it got a teeny tiny chip in. I was grounded for a month and missed t two football games. My brother's SCHOOL OWNED baritone had to be sent for repairs for something completely not even remotely his fault and when he brought home a silver horn instead of the gold one he spent 13 hours polishing it that weekend because it didn't look as good as the gold one. My sister didn't get supper for a week because she dropped her fork with food on it on the ground.
     
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    I knew my parents weren't the absolute strictest, and they had great instincts about the fact that I struggled with some insecurities which made me a bit shy and afraid to take chances, where my sister was the exact opposite. Mom, in particular, worked very hard to get me to believe in myself, something I will always be grateful for. My mom told me many times that she would give anything if I could just see myself through her eyes, and I don't think any parent can show more love to a child than to say that, and really mean it. I know that it was a sentiment that I have been able to share with our son, and he beams when he sees what we see. Mom's expertise as a parent lived on through my sister and through my own experiences. How grateful Sis and I both are.
     
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    Yikes! That is kind of harsh especially if it was an accident. People think now that I was harsh because I used to tell my son when he was a teen that we'd have dinner when he finished his homework. ( He liked to eat, and I wanted his homework done. ) But, he never missed a meal. We'd just have late night dinners sometimes.
     
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    I was raised strict in some ways in the Midwest as a young kid. Most of the time life was good, but I used to get hit as a kid w/ the dreaded belt and switches. ( My kids missed that part of childhood.)
    I did spank them w/ my hand though when they were young.) I know a lot of people see that as child abuse today. We knew not to PO my dad, but sometimes we accidently did. We were taught to work hard from a young age and the old saying, "Any job worth doing is worth doing well." We worked hard, but were allowed to play too. Even though he did a lot of good for us. It was not abnormal at the time and place.Then my family split up temporarily. When I was a mid-teen, we left the Midwest .
    By that point we were considered really as adults in a lot of ways.That's when I went to pot. Literally! It sounds like you had a really good mom. Mine was kind too. My dad was more of the type that encouraged us that we could do anything we set our minds too and worked hard. He instilled confidence in me and a bit of a rebel spirit.
     
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    See mom was bat dodo crazy and dad was paranoid as all get out. When he first met my now husband he literally patted him down.
     
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    1. My new job
    2. My dog (I have a 3 year old shih tzu!)
    3. My family and friends
     
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    Wow! Did your husband freak? He must have loved you a lot! :)
    Doesn't it make you wonder how some kids can be so resilient?
    When my son first went to meet his wife's parents, before they were married, her dad was cleaning his AR 14 when he walked into their house. The mom had let him inside. My son thought it was funny, but I think he knew it was a warning. Her dad is a retired military guy. Turns out, he is a really good guy.
    Do you find yourself going to opposite extremes w/ your own kids? IDK why, but it seems like a lot of people do for different reasons.
     
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    Oh, I wanted a Shih Tzu for MANY years, but always told myself that I'd have to wait until I wasn't working so much. They can be so cute and sweet. My son's wife had 3 at 1x and each had its own distinct, but fun personality. I used to puppy sit when I had time. Those babies brought me a lot of joy and laughs. Now I changed my mind about it. I want to be able to sleep in more when I retire, but know I'd have to get up if I had a pup. Plus, I am leaning towards spending the winters elsewhere and it'd make it harder w/ a pup. I wish they'd get another 1 though and let me babysit while they were working! :)
     

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